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Karen’s blog from MFG 2011

By Karen Lightman, Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group

JUST DO IT. If I had to sum up the sense of urgency/energy at the Workshop on Future Technologies for Micro/Nano Manufacturing, that is the phrase I would use. The workshop, organized by the Transducer Research Foundation (TRF) and held in paradise/Silverado Resort in Napa, CA, was packed to the gills with 200 attendees. The audience was mainly academic and government, with a smattering of industry (many of whom are MIG members). But as with any three-legged stool, if two legs are longer than the third, the stool is not stable. And that is why we need to change, we need to act, we need to JUST DO IT.

If you are interested in seeing my notes from MFG 2011, let me know and I’ll send you them (and you’ll get to see my strange spellings/abbreviations). But since it’s summertime and the pool is beckoning, I’ll try to summarize some of the key takeaways from the three-day workshop as best I can.

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What is sensor fusion?

By Mike Stanley

Originally posted on Freescale’s The Embedded Beat Blog

When a colleague of mine recently asked me “What is sensor fusion?” I had to stop and think. Like Justice Potter Stewart once said, “I know it when I see it.” But as an engineer dealing with this topic every day, I should be able to do better. Eventually I came up with the following:

Sensor fusion encompasses a variety of techniques which can:

  • Trade off strengths and weaknesses of the various sensors to compute something more than can be calculated using the individual components;
  • Improve the quality and noise level of computed results by taking advantage of:
    • Known data redundancies between sensors
    • Knowledge of system transfer functions, dynamics and/or kinematics

Good lord! Sounds like something out of one of my textbooks. It’s more fun to look at it by example.

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MEMS in Vegas, Baby

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has a new dance partner—and we’re it! For the first time, MEMS has an official home at CES. MEMS Industry Group (MIG) is pleased to host the brand-new MEMS TechZone and the only MEMS conference program at CES 2012.

MEMS TechZone is a new area of the show floor for companies that are driving the adoption of this exciting technology in mobile phones, game consoles, tablet PCs and other hot consumer-electronic devices. MIG will co-exhibit with several members including Bosch/Bosch Sensortec/Akustica, VTI Technologies and WiSpry. Please contact Karen Lightman if you are interested in co-exhibiting opportunities.

Plan to visit the MEMS TechZone at the LVCC, South Hall 2—and join us for a panel on consumer devices enabled by MEMS which you will NOT want to miss on Wednesday January 12 at 11:30 am in room N254, North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Register in advance for a special discount!

Stay tuned for more MIG news on MEMS programs/events at CES 2012.

MIG at CES 2012 - MEMS Tech ZoneMEMS TechZone
LVCC, South Hall 2
Sponsor(s): MEMS Industry Group (MIG)

www.cesweb.org/showFloor/techzones.asp#5320

Best Regards,

Karen Lightman
Managing Director, MEMS Industry Group
klightman@memsindustrygroup.org, 412-390-1644 work phone; 412-725-6725 mobile

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